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Mazda North America CEO Retires

Chief retires with brand on sales upswing.

by on Dec.23, 2015

Mazda's top American executive, Jim O'Sullivan, is retiring after 40 years in the auto industry.

The top executive at Mazda North America, Jim Sullivan, has elected to call it quits after a long career in the auto industry spanning more than 40 years.

O’Sullivan joined MNAO as President and CEO in 2003, and also held the title of Managing Executive Officer of Mazda Motor Corp. O’Sullivan’s retirement is effective Jan.1, 2016.

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During his 13-year tenure with MNAO, and 40-plus years in the auto industry, O’Sullivan earned a reputation as a respected industry expert, who gained the trust of Mazda’s dealers, who had carried the brand through some lean years during the recession and the abrupt end of the Japanese automaker’s long-standing partnership with the Ford Motor Co. (more…)

Mazda2 Sub-Compact Headed for U.S.

The award-winning car was offered to American executives when last redesigned but they thought it too small.

by on Sep.18, 2009


Mazda2 will also have competition from itself via the Mazda-designed Ford Fiesta.

Mazda North America is finally setting aside its reservation about the size of the potential market and plans to begin importing the subcompact Mazda2, staring late in 2010.

By that time it will not only face competition not only from  the successful Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa models that have been on sale in the U.S. for years with multiple body styles, but it will also have competition from itself via the Mazda designed Ford Fiesta.

Jim O’Sullivan,  Mazda North America CEO, made the announcement during a meeting of the company’s top dealers  Mazda had previously announced that the car also would be sold in Canada, beginning at about the same time. The car will be introduced to American consumers during the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

“You’ve asked us for it for a while now, and we’ve been studying the market to make sure we can make a business case for it across North America,” O’Sullivan said.


"Fiesta Movement Agents" Thomas and Whit took this photo to demonstrate "how unique it is." Really? See the Mazda2 above.

“As consumers’ tastes and attitudes toward small vehicles have changed, we now believe strongly there is a place in our lineup for a car below our current least-expensive car, the Mazda3. Mazda2 will be true to everything that makes our cars stand apart from the competition: it will be stylish, fun-to-drive and a heck of a value,” he claimed.